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Five Bobcats named NEILA All-New England; Fay, Lasagna receive top honors

Senior midfielder Jake Walsh was named Second Team All-New England by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Tuesday, his first collegiate athletic honor. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Charlie Fay was named New England Division III Player of the Year while Peter Lasagna was named Co-Coach of the Year, highlighting the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's All-New England Team selections released Tuesday.

Fay (Falmouth, Maine) was also an All-New England pick for the third consecutive year, joining senior teammates Fred Ulbrick (Fairfield, Conn.) and Kyle Weber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) as First Team All-New England selections, while fellow seniors Scott Baber (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and Jake Walsh (Baltimore, Md.) received Second Team All-New England nods.

Lasagna, who was also NEILA Coach of the Year in 2015, shared Coach of the Year honors with Wesleyan's John Raba. Bates (16-1) and Wesleyan (19-1) will meet Wednesday at 4:30pm in Middletown, Conn., in an NCAA Division III quarterfinal showdown.

Fay, Ulbrick and Weber -- Bates' three team captains -- were all preseason First Team All-New England selections before the Bobcats' magical season began. Since then, they have led the Bobcats to one of the best years any Bates team has ever enjoyed.

Having moved from midfield to attack near the end of the 2016 season, Fay has rewritten several team scoring records as a senior, including goals (72) and points (96) in a season. The three-time First Team All-NESCAC selection also received NESCAC Player of the Year honors last week.

Weber has also mounted a monster senior campaign, with career-highs of 55 goals and 18 assists, while Ulbrick has continued his career-long exceptional play as Bates' top close defenseman, including a career-high 23 caused turnovers. Both players were First Team All-NESCAC selections as well.

Baber, who was also a Second Team All-NESCAC selection last week, had his season cut short by injury in Bates' 19-18 victory at Tufts on April 18. The short-stick defensive midfielder was instrumental in Bates' outstanding transition game. He also collected career highs in goals (4), assists (3), ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (3).

Walsh receives his first postseason honor on the strength of his most productive year, including 14 goals and 32 assists.

The NEILA All-New England teams are nominated by head coaches from across the region and voted on by coaches within each division. For Divisions 1 and 2, a First Team and Second Team is selected, while Division 3 also includes an Honorable Mention team. The teams consist each of three attack, three midfielders, three defensemen, one goalie, one face-off specialist, one long stick midfielder and one short stick defensive midfielder. 

Lasagna, also the 2015 NEILA New England Coach of the Year, guided Bates to a perfect regular season, the top seed in the NESCAC tournament and the No. 1 national ranking for the two final weeks of the regular season. The Bobcats are making their second appearance in the NCAA tournament in the last three years.

NEILA 2017 All-New England Teams